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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

EU: €4m for education of children affected by conflict

On 14 August, the European Commission decided that it will direct a new €4 million fund towards developing countries for supporting children affected by conflict through education in emergencies and crisis situations.
This decision was taken in the context of the 'EU Children of Peace' Initiative. As the laureate of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, the EU agreed to dedicate the prize money (almost €1 Million) to humanitarian projects assisting children affected by conflict, in the field of education. The award was supplemented by funds from the EU's humanitarian aid budget to provide EUR 2 million in specific support for children affected by conflict and crisis situations (EU Children of Peace initiative). 

The new decision shall continue and expand this initiative. All humanitarian partner organisations of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department are invited to submit proposals in response to the decision for humanitarian actions in support of conflict-affected children by 13 September 2013.
There were over 1 billion children living in countries affected by conflict in 2009, the European Commission estimates. The EU supports children affected by conflict, namely through child protection activities, psycho-social support, mine risk education, and actions against the recruitment of child soldiers.

Source: European Commission